The Middlebury men's hockey team picked up its first win of the season as they earned a 5-1 win at Tufts on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers outshot the Jumbos 39-10 on the afternoon, scoring two goals in the first and three in the third period.
After Tufts killed two Middlebury power plays in the first period, Michael Kretschmer scored the game's first goal at 17:15 of the first period. As the puck slid into the Tufts end with Middlebury in pursuit, Jumbo goalie James Kalec raced out of the net in an attempt to knock it away. The challenge squirted the puck to the right boards, where Kretschmer was able to collect it and put a wrist shot into an open goal. Just 37 seconds later, Middlebury's Chaz Svoboda scored as the Panthers led 2-0.
Middlebury dominated possession in the second period, but Tufts was able to capitalize on its first power play to cut the margin to 2-1. Lindsay Walker poked in the first goal of his collegiate career. Despite being out-shot 24-7 through two periods, Tufts trailed only 2-1 heading into the third.
Early in the third, Kalec stopped Ken Suchoski on a break-in. However, after failing on its first four power play attempts, Middlebury scored the crucial next goal with a man advantage.
Jamie McKenna got the goal at 7:48 for a 3-1 Panther lead. That started a three-goal Panther run that also included a power play strike by Kretschmer at 10:09 and the first collegiate goal by Trevor Dodds at 17:20.
The Panthers limited Tufts to just 10 shots on goal as Doug Raeder made nine saves for the win. Kalec stopped 34 shots for the Jumbos (1-1), including 16 in the middle stanza.
McKenna and Svoboda both had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (1-0-1), who also got two assists from Mickey Gilchrist.
Middlebury (1-0-1) 2 0 3 = 5
Tufts (1-1) 0 1 0 = 1
Scoring: 1st Period: M, Michael Kretschmer (Ken Suchoski, Charlie Townsend) 17:15; M, Chaz Svoboda (Jamie McKenna, Mickey Gilchrist) 17:52; 2nd Period: T, Lindsay Walker (Mike Vitale, Joe Cappellano) 14:48 ppg; 3rd Period: M, Jamie McKenna (Mickey Gilchrist, Tom Maldonado) 7:48 ppg; M, Michael Kretschmer (Scott Bartlett) 10:09 pp; M, Trevor Dodds (Mack Cummins, Chaz Svoboda) 17:20.
Goalies: T, James Kalec (60:00 - 5 GA) 34 saves; M, Doug Raeder (60:00 - 1 GA) 9 saves.